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The online compendium of 975 public-domain essays. Wit and humor, as have a tendency to expose vice and folly, furnish useful diversions. There be so many false points of praise, that a man may justly hold it a suspect. My life [is a] struggle with ill-health and ambition, and I have mastered neither.
The worth of experience is not measured by what is called success, but rather resides in a fullness of life I feel an almost savage envy on hearing that London has been flooded in my absence, while I am in the mere country. My own Battersea has been, I understand, particularly favoured as a meeting of the waters. Battersea was already, as I need hardly say, the most beautiful of human localities. Now that it has the additional splendour of great sheets of water, there must be something quite incomparable in the landscape (or waterscape) of my own romantic town.
Battersea must be a vision of Venice. The greengrocer who brought cabbages to the corner of the Latchmere Road must have leant upon the oar with the unearthly grace of the gondolier. For instance, there is a current impression that it is unpleasant to have to run after one s hat. Why should it be unpleasant to the well-ordered and pious mind?
Not merely because it is running, and running exhausts one. The same people run much faster in games and sports. The same people run much more eagerly after an uninteresting, little leather ball than they will after a nice silk hat. There is an idea that it is humiliating to run after one s hat and when people say it is humiliating they mean that it is comic.
It certainly is comic but man is a very comic creature, and most of the things he does are comic eating, for instance. And the most comic things of all are exactly the things that are most worth doing such as making love. A man running after a hat is not half so ridiculous as a man running after a wife. So I do not think that it is altogether fanciful or incredible to suppose that even the floods in London may be accepted and enjoyed poetically.
Nothing beyond inconvenience seems really to have been caused by them and inconvenience, as I have said, is only one aspect, and that the most unimaginative and accidental aspect of a really romantic situation. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. The water that girdled the houses and shops of London must, if anything, have only increased their previous witchery and wonder.
Chesterton, G. K.